Eagle Hill earns grant

Eagle Hill School recently announced that it is one of just 13 recipients of a 2013 CHEFA grant. CHEFA — the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority — was created to help Connecticut-based nonprofit organizations raise the funds they need to meet their goals of improving the health and education of the citizens of the state.

The use of this grant, in the amount of $62,630, is based on a desire to better understand and work with the complexities of language, and to further explore its impact on academic and social learning. Since Eagle Hill School is a nationally recognized school for children with language-based learning disabilities, the grant is recognition of the school’s ability to effectively use the grant to further enhance its programming.

The funds from the CHEFA grant will allow the school to work closely with a noted speech and language expert for a long-term professional development program for the faculty, all of whom are special education experts. It will also fund the purchase of additional ActivBoards for classrooms, including a tabletop version in the Foundations Program, Eagle Hill’s newest program for children ages five to six. ActivBoards allow teachers to create interactive lessons that maximize student learning.

Additionally, after the success of a recent pilot project with iPads, the school will purchase an additional mobile cart with iPads for Lower School students. The iPad allows students with significant writing disabilities to dictate what they want to say, compensating for memory, spelling and fine motor deficits.

Finally, many children with learning disabilities struggle because of auditory processing deficiencies and hearing impairments. The purchase of an FM Sound Field Amplification System will helpl improve acoustics in the classroom and address issues of internal and external classroom noise, reverberation, speaker-listener distance and poor acoustical treatments in the classroom.

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